San Bernardino clinches San Andreas League boys basketball title

San Bernardino clinched the San Andreas League boys basketball title on Friday with a 62-51 win over  visiting Arroyo Valley. It was San bernardino

Too late to make it into the paper was the box score. Here it is.

Bobby Bonner 22, Jesse Mitchell 15, Kyshawn Erwin 8, Paul Ruff 6.
Khleem Perkins 35, Keon Stephens 8, Andre Shumpert 7, Demetrius Overstreet 4, Derrick Miller 4, Jaywone Draper 2, Jalen Jenks 1, Anthony Banks 1.
Arroyo Valley      12   9 9 21  –  51
San Bernardino 13 14 9 26  –  62
3-point goals: Mitchell (AV) 2, Perkins (SB) 2.

Here are some other notes: Arroyo Valley shot 68 percent from the free throw line (17 of 25) , while San Bernardino shot 50 percent from the line (12 of 24). The teams were downright awful in the third quarter: Arroyo Valley 0 for 4 from the line in the third and San Bernardino 1 for 8.

Although the game was out of reach at this point, Arroyo Valley scored one less point (19) in the final 4:16 of the game as it did in the previous 21:34.

Turnovers were a big factor as San Bernardino’s pressure forced Arroyo Valley into nine turnovers in the second quarter alone.

Not many teams have the luxury of clinching an outright league title with two games still left to play. For San Bernardino’s sake, I hope the Cardinals can keep their edge entering the playoffs.+

Inland Empire Shootout Schedule for basketball

This Friday and Saturday, Eisenhower High is hosting the Inland Empire Shootout, a two-day showcase event for mostly boys teams, but also one girls game.
The schedule:
Friday, Jan. 4
Corona Santiago vs. Eisenhower (girls), 4 p.m.
Summit vs. Miller (boys), 5:30 p.m.
Riverside M.L. King vs. Eisenhower (boys), 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5
Moreno Valley Canyon Springs vs. Cajon (boys), noon
Citrus Valley vs. Carter (boys), 1:30 p.m.
Miller vs. Rialto (boys), 3 p.m.
Long Beach St. Anthony vs. Chino HIlls (boys), 4:30 p.m.
Damien vs. Eisenhower (boys), 6 p.m.
Etiwanda vs. Riverside M.L. King (boys), 7:30 p.m.

Could you have said no to tournament offer?

In hindsight, it’s pretty easy to say you would’ve said no  to the tournament offer that fell apart for the Etiwanda boys basketball team, leaving the Eagles a tournament short this season.

Here is what happened. A guy approached Etiwanda boys basketball coach Dave Kleckner months ago, with this offer:

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Etiwanda beats Rancho Cucamonga for Inland Empire title: what does it mean?

Baseline League boys basketball rivals Etiwanda and Rancho Cucamonga played in the championship game of the Inland Empire Invitational on Saturday night. Etiwanda rallied in the second half to post a 67-59 victory at Miller High School.

What is the significance of this game?

In the end, it gives Etiwanda bragging rights, but the Eagles have already had that. Etiwanda has gone 47-3 in league the last five years, winning five straight outright league titles.

The teams meet for the first time Jan. 18 at Etiwanda and again Feb. 5 at Rancho Cucamonga.

Both teams will look a little different.

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Inland Empire Invitational box scores

Here are box scores for the third place game and championship games of the Inland Empire Invitational boys basketball tournament on Saturday. Both games were played at Miller High School.

Malcolm Drumwright 24, Victor Joseph 20, Mateu Vilakazi 7, Nick Culver 3, A.J. Latu 2, Jordan McNellys 2, Jordan Naughtan 1.
Kenny  Barnes 20, Dominick Alexander 17, Sheldon Blackwell 16, Tim Myles 6, Elijah Johnson 3, Delewis Johnson 3, Darryl Adigwu 2.
Rancho Cucamonga    13 25   4 17 — 59
Etiwanda                       12 21 16 18 — 67
3-pointers: Drumwright (RC) 3, Joseph (RC), Vilakazi (RC), Alexander (E), Blackwell (E), E. Johnson (E).

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San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball tournament schedule

Here is the schedule for the first round and then winner’s bracket for the 2012 San Bernardino Kiwanis boys basketball Tournament.

First round, Dec. 26
Game 1: Kaiser vs. Oak Hills at Arroyo Valley HS, 2 p.m.
Game 2: Rialto vs. Beaumont at Arroyo Valley HS, 3:30 p.m.
Game 3: Jurupa Hills vs. Redlands at Arroyo Valley HS, 5 p.m.
Game 4: Arroyo Valley vs. Fontana at Arroyo Valley HS, 6:30 p.m.
Game 5: Barstow vs. Pacific at San Gorgonio HS, 2 p.m.
Game 6: Summit vs. Redlands East Valley at San Gorgonio HS, 3:30 p.m.
Game 7: Cajon vs. Grand Terrace at San Gorgonio HS, 5 p.m.
Game 8: San Gorgonio vs. Aquinas at San Gorgonio HS, 6:30 p.m.

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Arizona boys hoops team that beat 2 county teams is sent home

Westwind Prep, a team from Phoenix, Arizona, which beat both Etiwanda and Upland in boys basketball this season, has been sent home from the Charter Oak Tournament.

Upland boys coach John McNally said he had heard CIF told Westwind to leave the Charter Oak Tournament a day after beating Upland, and CIF-SS spokesman Thom Simmons confirmed that Westwind was in  violation.

“The team sent from Westwind was not comprised of students attending full time at Westwind High School making them ineligible for competition versus CIF member schools.” Simmons wrote in an email.

There is no word yet whether Etiwanda and Upland will receive forfeit wins. Etiwanda lost to Westwind 58-56 in the Corona Centennial Tournament and Upland lost to Westwind 81-64 in the Charter Oak Tournament on Thursday.

First San Bernardino County rankings of the winter season

Here are the first San Bernardino County rankings for winter. I am sure there are omissions, but I haven’t had a lot of time to talk to coaches in the first week after football for us. So, in terms of soccer, water polo and wrestling, county rankings are based in large part off of CIF polls. And with no rankings to utilize, basketball county rankings are based on recent history as well as early-season results this year.

Email me at, tweet to @petemarshallLaw or post a comment if you have some information that would help adjust the rankings.

Boys basketball
1. Etiwanda
2. Eisenhower
3. Rancho Cucamonga
4. Chino Hills
5. Upland
6. Cajon
7. Redlands East Valley
8. Colony
9. Los Osos
10. Montclair

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Tuesday’s prep playoff scores

Here are Tuesday’s CIF-SS playoff scores for San Bernardino County teams. We were still missing a couple of scores as of Tuesday night.

Second Round

Fontana 3, Newport Beach Corona del Mar 1
Oak Hills 1, North Torrance 1 (Oak Hills advances on PKs, 4-2)
Cajon 4, Monrovia 0
Granite Hills 1, San Luis Obispo 0
Colton 1, South Pasadena 0
Santa Maria Pioneer Valley 1, Silverado 0
Crossroads 4, Ontario Christian 3 (OT)
Los Angeles Brentwood at Jurupa Hills
AAE 2, Santa Clarita Christian 1

Second Round
Santa Ana Foothill 74, Rancho Cucamonga 59
Upland 80, Palmdale Quartz Hill 55
Etiwanda 60, Cerritos Gahr 52
Santa Monica 68, Silverado 55
Eisenhower 51, Moreno Valley Rancho Verde 50
Second Round

Vista Murrieta 69, Chino Hills 68
Second Round

Riverside Poly 44, Ayala 42
Cajon 51, Cypress 48 (OT)
Fullerton Sunny Hills 71, Summit 69
Second Round

North Torrance 77, Don Lugo 75
Colony 96, Culver City 82

Ontario Christian 55, Los Angeles Brentwood 54

Playa Del Rey St. Bernard 78, Aquinas 61

L.A. Adventist vs. Joshua Springs
Hesperia Christian 79, Santa Maria Valley Christian 57

Cajon clinches SAL hoops crown in thriller

That had to be the most tightly contested game I’ve seen all year on Tuesday night, when Cajon downed Arroyo Valley 62-61 in overtime, to clinch the San Andreas League boys basketball crown.
It probably wasn’t the best-played game, but it was definitely the most fun to watch.
Great crowd at Arroyo Valley on senior night.
It was a tight game that featured 8 lead changes and 6 ties.
The last tie came after Arroyo Valey’s Bobby Bonner sank a 3-pointer with 5.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the score 55-55.
Arroyo Valley scoring machine Stephen Marshall (no relation to me, as far as I know) made eight 3-pointers, including two in overtime and scored 31 points. His last 3-pointer with 1:52 to play in overtime gave Arroyo Valley at 61-59 lead.
Alonzo McCain missed a chance to tie the game when he made only one of two free throws with 1:05 to play in overtime. But Michael Henley made the off-balance jumper as time expired in overtime to lift the Cowboys to victory.